-avian reptiles. For each case, we provide the rationale underlying the respective decision of the TC, and conclude by providing an updated species list of the Europeanherpetofauna.
A series of phylogenetic studies on mitochondrial DNA, allozymes, and nuclear DNA sequences of
undetermined amphisbaenian in the Pleistocene of Sicily represents the last European occurrence of this order outside the present range corroborating the idea that the modern Italian herpetofauna is relatively impoverished if compared to the Pleistocene one, and that this loss of biodiversity not only affected
herpetofauna, dominate over all other species.
The European Leaf toed gecko is able to survive on very small islets characterized by very limited trophic availability. What enables this gecko to live in such extreme conditions? The small biomass combined with the ability to survive in very small populations
In a recent review Speybroeck et al. (2020) provided an updated annotated species list of the Europeanherpetofauna. This list leaves the species included in four previous checklists (Gasc et al., 1997, 2004; Sindaco and Jerecenko, 2008; Sindaco, Venchi and Grieco, 2013) unchanged, testing the
, 12sRNA and 16sRNA, to analyse the patterns of distribution in the Iberian Peninsula. The results show three well defined lineages. The first one, already known to be widespread throughout Europe, is distributed along the eastern coast and southern areas of the Iberian Peninsula. The second one
associated with agricultural areas (Kauri, 1946 ; Eggert, 2002 ; Nyström et al., 2007 ). It is even considered the sole typical representative of herpetofauna in open agricultural landscapes in Central Europe (Tobias, Romanowsky and Larink, 2001 ). However, at its northern and western range edge in
Book Reviews Corbett, K., (ed.) (1989): Conservation of European Reptiles and Amphibians. 1-274, 15 coloured figs., 37 half-tones and diagrams. Price £11.95. Christopher Helm, London. This is the long-awaited handbook on the conservation status of Europeanherpetofauna, commissioned by IUCN
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Flower S.S. Notes on the recent reptiles and amphibians of Egypt etc. Proc. Zool. Soc. (Lond.) 1933 735 851
Hoofien J.H. Contributions to the herpetofauna of Mount Hermon No. I
kitaibelii ) (477 individuals). Five species ( B. variegata , E. orbicularis , M. rivu-
lata , T. graeca and T. hermanni ) are strictly protected by the European legislation
(Directive 92/43, Annex II). Semi-aquatic herpetofauna Diversity. Half of the sites
sampled had no semi- aquatic species due
Preservation Society. Council of SEH is pleased with the initiative to distribute Herpetofauna News to SEH members, thus establishing a closer link between continental Europe and England. Poster produced by SEH conservation committee in order to protect Vipera lebetina schweitzeri on the Greek island Milos.